The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records. The Act provides for a student’s right to review education records, the right to seek to amend those education records, and to limit certain disclosures of information from education records.

If you are asked about student performance in your classes by a parent or family member, make sure you check with Student Records to see if the student has signed Release of Information Authorization Form. Without this waiver you are not able to discuss the student’s performance with them.

Also, FERPA requires that you refrain from talking about students with people other than those with a legitimate right to know this information. At Peru State, you can talk with their athletic coach, advisor, Dean and certain CATS staff members about students in your courses or your advisees. If in doubt, contact the VPAA or the Registrar for additional guidance on FERPA.

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